Where You Can Come & Make Mountain Memories!

Talking Rock, in Pickens County, is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is served by State Highways 5, 108, 53, 136, 382, 369, and Interstate 575, only 60 miles north of Atlanta.

Indians were the first residents of the area and were known to have mined both marble and quartz at least 5,000 years ago. Legendary accounts are given about the naming of Talking Rock. One story is of an unusual echo that was supposed to come from a nearby rock cliff.

Another story tells about a rock with which some of the Cherokees played a trick on one another. Pickens County, created in 1853, was named after General Andrew Pickens, a Revolutionary War hero. By the early 1900s, local marble quarries were in operation under the direction of Colonel Sam Tate. From Henry Fitzsimmons' marble discovery through Colonel Tate's day and to the present time, marble continues to play an important role in the economic status of the county.

Georgia's climate is influenced by the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean as well as Canadian air currents. The northern part of the state can be somewhat cold in the winter and is subject to storms and moderate snowfall. Northern summers are quite hot and humid with some days topping 100 degrees. The southern part is relatively warm year-round, with very mild winters. Summers are as hot as in the north, but temperatures are cooler along the coast.

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